My name is Richard Hodges, and I’m an enthusiastic radio amateur and traveler. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by the world of radio communications. I remember spending hours tinkering with my dad’s old shortwave radio, trying to pick up signals from far-flung corners of the globe. As I grew older, my interest in radio only intensified, and I eventually became a licensed ham radio operator.

One of the things I love most about ham radio is the sense of community it provides. There’s a whole network of fellow enthusiasts out there, all working to push the boundaries of what’s possible with radio technology. Whether I’m chatting with a fellow ham in Japan or helping to organize a local radio event, I always feel like I’m part of something bigger.

Of course, my love of radio isn’t the only thing that drives me. I’m also an avid traveler, and I love nothing more than exploring new parts of the world. Whenever I visit a new place, I always make a point to seek out the local ham radio community. It’s amazing how quickly you can connect with people when you share a common interest like radio!

Over the years, I’ve had some incredible experiences thanks to my dual passions for radio and travel. I’ve chatted with hams in countries I never even knew existed, and I’ve made friends with people from all walks of life. I’ve even had the chance to participate in some amazing radio events, like the ARRL Field Day and the CQWW DX Contest.

For me, being a radio amateur and a traveler is about more than just the thrill of the chase. It’s about connecting with people, learning new things, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Whether I’m exploring the back alleys of Tokyo or chatting with a fellow ham in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, I’m always learning and growing as a person. And that, to me, is what makes life truly exciting.